Arsenal fan favourite Podolski going nowhere insists Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that striker Lukas Podolski is happy at the club.

With a big summer looming, Arsenal supporters are expecting boss Arsene Wenger to make some much-needed improvements to the playing staff.

Wenger, however, has issued a warning to fans not to expect any wholesale changes as he bids to add just two or three players to his tightly-assembled squad.

The Gunners are hopeful of avoiding any major departures this summer, although with Bacary Sagna, Lukasz Fabianksi and Nicklas Bendtner all out of contract, it appears Arsene Wenger could be forced to reshuffle his pack.

One man who the Frenchman is confident of holding onto is German international Lukas Podolski.

The 28-year-old former Bayern Munich striker has often found himself out of the first-team picture this season, but Wenger assured fans that Podolski is happy at Arsenal and won’t look for an exit this summer.

“I think overall Podolski is happy here. If you look at the number of games he has played, with the number of goals he has scored and the number of assists he has, he is a very efficient player.” Wenger said, quoted by The Mirror.

There have been some questioning Podolski’s position in an Arsenal shirt, as he is often found playing wide-left despite predominantly being a striker.

Wenger, however, reiterates his belief that his player is happy to do the job in that area of the pitch and called upon his great success with the national team as proof.

“He has over 100 caps with Germany and does not have one cap in the middle. Over 100 caps on the left. You cannot say it is not his job.

“He is happy there. He made a great international career there.”

Lukas Podolski has started 12 Premier League games this season, scoring eight goals and adding a further two assists.

He is expected to be included in Joachim Loew’s 23-man squad for this summer’s World Cup alongside teammates Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker.

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